The Skills for the Future Team


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A warm welcome from Lewis, Anna and Niamh, the shiny new Trainee Heritage Officers of the HLF funded Skills for the Future programme, originally within RCAHMS and now part of the newly formed Historic Environment Scotland.  Here’s a quick introduction about each of us – we’re so excited to share our year’s journey at Historic Environment Scotland with you all! Lewis is Edinburgh born and bred – although he did disappear for 4 years to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.  Lewis is happiest…read more

A week with Bruce

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This week for me has been primarily spent working on the Commission’s “County Run Drawings”. This is a series of site evaluations carried out by the Commission from its inception (1908, you did of course know this!) to the mid 1960’s. Kayleigh and I have spent the last few days upgrading the catalogue entries for these sites to ensure they are robust. The systems for cataloguing and recording have changed a lot in the last 50 years or so and the method of data recording was of course not intended…read more


Collections at work: Cullen Lochhead and Brown

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For the past two weeks the curatorial trainees have been carrying on the good work of last year’s trainees by sorting through the remainder of the Cullen, Lochhead and Brown accession.  Hundreds of cardboard tubes of architectural drawings produced by the firm over more than a century in practice were rescued by the collections team and brought into John Sinclair House in Edinburgh when the firm closed in 2011. (See A New Collection for RCAHMS for more on the rescue effort.) The drawings, a valuable record of a wide range of…read more


A New Collection for RCAHMS

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A few weeks ago Dave and I had our first encounter with real live archive material in the wild. The architectural practice Cullen, Lochhead and Brown had closed its doors after 100 years of business. A team of RCAHMS staff went in to their premises in Hamilton to pack up old plans and drawings to take back to Edinburgh where they will become part of the RCAHMS architectural collections.    Each day for about a week four of us drove out from the Commission to Hamilton to sort through the rolls of drawings and other items. After…read more